Before the Turn of the 20th Century Most of the New York and New Jersey Metropolitan area was Rural. Oil Lanterns were the norm and the big cities were using natural gas for heating and lighting. Gas Lighting had its Drawbacks, To make it brighter you also made it hotter in the room, and having open gas jets and flames in enclosed indoor spaces made it dangerous in many ways.
In 1881 Godalming, England came to world attention when it became the first town in the United Kingdom to install a public supply of electricity, and the first in the world to boast electric street lighting, driven by a dynamo at Westbrook watermill. There system soon failed to maintenance costs and unreliability and the town faded back to oil and gas.
In the U.S. Thomas Edison was working hard at making his system reliable. In 1880 he started the Edison Electric Illuminating Co. of New York. His Pearl Street Generating Station was the first to supply the Wall Street Bankers office of JP Morgan. It was exactly 3 p.m. on Sept. 4, 1882 when Thomas Alva Edison stood in the Wall Street offices of financial mogul J.P. Morgan and switched on his Edison incandescent light bulb – a bulb powered by a generator at his new Pearl Street Station power plant several city blocks away.
Grand Brass Lamp Parts, was a small shop on Grand Street, just a few blocks from pearl street, was selling Oil and Gas Fittings.